Dear all JACET ESP SIG Kanto members,
Welcome back to a new academic year with JACET ESP Kanto! The officers of ESP Kanto wish every member another successful academic year! 春光の折り、益々のご発展を祈っております。本年度もよろしくお願いいたします。
It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our chapter’s first meeting on May 28 (Sunday), 2017. We will have two presentations (see details below) followed by a business meeting. Please join us for the two exciting presentations and offer your valuable opinions on how the officers could organize our chapter’s activities better in this academic year.
JACET ESP SIG Kanto (May Meeting)
Date: May 28, 2017 (Sun) 15:00 ～17:00
Venue: University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), Building East 1, Room 705
(UEC Tokyo, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585)
Please find the link for the location:
Program of the May meeting:
１．15:00~15:40 Research Presentation by Paul McBride (Tamagawa University), Charles Robertson (Aoyama Gakuin University)
Title: Pedagogical implications of English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) for EAP writing instruction
Abstract: In an ELF (English as a Lingua Franca) circumstance, users of English are not bound by native speaker (NS) norms; rather, their “success” can be measured by their ability to communicate effectively, and to adapt communication to reflect the diversity and variability of English use in shared contexts. However, what are the implications of ELF for writing instruction? Since, broadly speaking, EAP (English for Academic Purposes) assumes that Non-Native Speakers (NNS) should conform to native forms of language use, how should college English instructors address the issue of writing in EAP? There are divided opinions among ELT practitioners. It is argued that adherence to native English norms in academic and professional writing tasks reflects editorial realities: conventional native norms embody the language, organization, and presentation used for academic discourse. On the other hand, ELF researchers contend that priority in language teaching may be given to nurturing ‘communicative capability’ (Seidlhofer 2011, Widdowson 2003, 2015). Such a capability, it is claimed, would serve learners well when they subsequently needed to or wished to conform to native norms (Seidlhofer 2011). The presenters will examine some of the challenges (and opportunities) posed by ELF research concerning EAP writing instruction. An overview of current ELF research findings will be presented. The importance in L2 academic writing pedagogy of Standard English and a distinction between “correctness” of language form and appropriateness of language use will be explored. Approaches which may assist ELF writing practitioners in a multiple-draft, process writing context will be proposed, and suggestions about conferencing ELF writers will be made. Finally, the presenters will discuss how ELF-informed thinking has affected their instructional practices and interactions with students.
Bio of Speaker 1:
Paul McBride is an associate professor at the Centre for English as a Lingua Franca at Tamagawa University. His research interests include English as a lingua franca, and extensive reading. He assists with editing the JACET Kanto Journal.
Bio of Speaker 2:
Charles Robertson is an associate professor within the College of Science and Engineering at Aoyama Gakuin University. His research interests include: Second-Language (L2) composition theory and practice, English for Science and Technology (EST), English as a Lingua Franca (ELF) and Computer-assisted Language Learning (CALL).
2．15:40~16:20 Research Presentation by Michael Sharpe (Kochi University )
Title: Dissecting the tests: Commonalities, individualities and predispositions in standardised academic English tests
Abstract: This presentation will report on a study in which analysis of a corpora of TOEFL, IELTS and EIKEN (2008 ~) reading and writing tasks was undertaken. Several aspects of the tasks were examined including
- Commonalities and individualities in task types and topics
- Culturally-related predispositions within tasks
- The nature of the English used to compose tasks
The overall aim of the study was to gain greater insights into these widely-used standardised assessment tools and guidance for EAP curriculum development in a college level context. It will be argued firstly that, while these tests are often treated as discreet entities, it will be both more productive to design curricula that encourage the development of skills and knowledge applicable in multiple contexts.
Michael Sharpe has been teaching at university level in Japan for 13 years, and is currently a faculty member and deputy director of the International Education Program at Kochi National University. Interests include English for Academic Purposes, and the origins and evolution of English. He is also Kochi’s only speaker of Welsh.
- 16:20~17:00 Business Meeting
Announcement of officers; Annual Report of 2016; Confirmation of annual plan, etc.
JACET ESP SIG Kanto Chapter Chairs and Advisors:
Chair, SHI Jie (shi.jie[a]uec.ac.jp) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo)
Vice-Chair, Shinichi Hashimoto (shin.hashimoto[a]uec.ac.jp) UEC Tokyo
Advisors: Reiko Fujita (Tokai University) and Charlie Robertson (Aoyama Gakuin University)
Chapter website: https://jacet-esp-kanto.org/
Dear all JACET ESP Kanto members,
It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our January meeting on Jan 21 (Saturday), 2017. This meeting features our last presentation on EBP by an invited speaker, Professor Philip McCasland from Fukushima University. Following this presentation and a business meeting of the chapter, we will have our Shinnenkai (a New Year Party) to celebrate the completion of this year and welcome another successful year in 2017. Please find the details below:
JACET ESP SIG Kanto (January Meeting)
Date: Jan 21, 2017 (Sat) 15:00 ～17:00
Venue: Room 4201 (Bldg. 4), Yoyogi campus, Tokai University
2-28-4 Tomigaya, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-0063
Please find the link for the location:
http://www.u-tokai.ac.jp/english/access.html#Anc_Yoyogi (in English);
Program of the November meeting:
- 15:00~15:30 Invited Presentation by Philip McCasland (Fukushima University)
Title: Teaching Entrepreneurship: Policy, Framework, Method, Practice
Abstract: How do practitioners apply government policy to classroom practice? In this presentation, I will demonstrate how the Japanese Ministry of Education’s policy papers on both global jinzai (Global Human Resource Development) and entrepreneurship education have been applied to the curriculum design of specific classes in two business faculties here in Japan. This presentation will be primarily based on chapter eight of the forthcoming book Teaching and Learning Entrepreneurship in Higher Education (2017), titled A Global Approach to Teaching Entrepreneurship in Japan, co-authored with Dr. Sarah Louisa Birchley. By taking a close look at the general aims of stated government policy, it is possible to find important definitions and general aims that can be translated directly into classroom objectives and goals. The implementation of these objectives and goals into classroom practice happens through the application of strict methodological principles, in this case a Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) methodology. Nevertheless, pure policy is difficult to translate directly for it requires one other element, the lens of social frameworks. The examples given for teaching entrepreneurship include the frameworks of Possible Selves and International Posture. Nevertheless, classroom practice, the operationalizing of policy, is crucial where activities accurately reflect policy, theory, and methodology. I will therefore share two activities that I have used to teach entrepreneurship to economics and business majors. Finally, I will discuss how this formula (policy, frameworks, methodology, and practice) might be adapted and applied to other tertiary contexts by other English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and CLIL practitioners.
Bio: Philip McCasland is an associate professor in the Department of Business and Economics at Fukushima University. For the past 20 years he has taught English at both private and public universities here in Japan. He holds a BA and MA in TESOL and his current research interests include historical business documents; experiential learning through business internships; and teaching entrepreneurship. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
- 15:00~16:00 Teaching Entrepreneurship: Policy, Framework, Method, Practice (Philip McCasland) (inclusive of Q&A)
- 16:00~17:00 Business Meeting
- 17:00~17:30 Moving to the venue of the Shinnenkai
- 17:30~ Shinnenkai (The venue will be announced later.)
Please come and join the last event of the academic year. We look forward to having you at the meeting and the Shinnenkai!
JACET ESP SIG Kanto Chapter Contact: SHI Jie (shi.jie[a]uec.ac.jp) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo); Reiko Fujita (reiko-f[a]tokai-u.jp) Tokai University; Shinichi Hashimoto (shin.hashimoto[a]uec.ac.jp) UEC Tokyo
Dear all JACET ESP SIG Kanto members,
It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our July meeting on November 13 (Sunday), 2016. This meeting features a presentation by an invited speaker followed by a sharing session of academic activities in Japan as well as overseas and a business meeting of the chapter. The details are as follows:
- JACET ESP SIG Kanto (November Meeting)
- Date: Nov 13, 2016 (Sun) 15:00 ～17:00
- Venue: University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), Building East 1, Room 705 (UEC Tokyo, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585)
Please find the link for the location:
- http://www.uec.ac.jp/eng/about/access/ (in English); http://www.uec.ac.jp/about/profile/access/ (in Japanese)
Program of the November meeting:
- Abstract: TESOL International Association (or TESOL) based in Alexandria, Virginia in the USA has over 11,000 members worldwide, and over 950 of those members belong to the English for Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESPIS) community network. In the TESOL ESPIS, English for specific purposes (ESP) has been conceptualized in various genre including PowerPoint presentations, online forums, blog posts, webinars, and the ESPIS newsletter. In his presentation, the speaker discusses how the conceptualization of ESP in a PowerPoint presentation titled English for Specific Purposes: An Overview for Practitioners and Clients (Academic & Corporate) (Knight, Lomperis, Westerfield, & van Naerssen, 2010) can be linked to other conceptualizations of ESP in the ESPIS including the following: 1) five month-long, professional development discussions about ESP conducted online and titled TESOL ESPIS Community Discussions 2011–2012, 2) a virtual seminar hosted by TESOL and titled Principled ESP: Best Practices and Case Studies, 3) the ESP Project Leader Profiles published from May 2015 to the present on the blog for TESOL International Association, and 4) a TESOL ESPIS newsletter article titled Stakeholder Buy-in in English for Occupational Purposes Contexts. These four resources reflect the leaders in the ESPIS who are involved in both English for academic purposes (EAP) and English for occupational purposes (EOP). In connection with EOP, the ESP PowerPoint listed above was informed by a book published by TESOL (Friedenberg, Kennedy, Lomperis, Martin, & Westerfield, 2003/2014), which is focused on workplace training. Accordingly, the conceptualization of ESP in the ESP PowerPoint includes best practices in EOP.
- Title: Conceptualizations of ESP in the ESP Interest Section of TESOL International Association
- 15:00~15:30 Invited Presentation by Kevin Knight (Kanda University of International Studies)
- Friedenberg, J., Kennedy, D., Lomperis, A., Martin, W., & Westerfield, K. (with van Naerssen, M.). (2014). Effective practices in workplace language training: Guidelines for providers of workplace English language training services. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Press. (Original work published 2003)
- Kertzner, D., Knight, K., & Swartley, E. (2012). Principled ESP: Best practices and case studies [Webinar]. Alexandria, VA: TESOL International Association.
- Knight, K., Lomperis, A., Wesrerfield, K., & van Naerssen, M. (2010). English for specific purposes: An overview for practitioners and clients (academic & corporate) [PowerPoint presentation submitted to TRC]. Alexandria, VA: TESOL International Association.
- Lomperis, A. (2016). Stakeholder buy-in in English for occupational purposes contexts. ESP News. Alexandria, VA: TESOL International Association.
- Bio: Dr. Kevin Knight (PhD in Linguistics, MBA, MPIA) is an Associate Professor in the Department of International Communication (International Business Career major) of Kanda University of International Studies in Chiba, Japan. In the English for Specific Purposes Interest Section (ESPIS) of TESOL International Association, he has served as chair, English in occupational settings (EOS) representative, and ESPIS community manager. He is currently co-editor of ESP News (the ESPIS newsletter). He was also a member of the Governance Review Task Force (GRTF) appointed by the TESOL board of directors. In addition, he has been a TESOL blogger in the area of English for Specific Purposes (ESP), and he recently completed the TESOL ELT Leadership Management Certificate Program Online. He has more than 30 years of professional experience working for private, public, and academic sector institutions including Sony and the Japan Patent Office. His doctoral research on leadership communication (i.e., discourse) as a basis for leadership development was under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Christopher Candlin and Dr. Alan Jones.
- 15:30~16:00 Experience Sharing of JACET National Conference and other international academic conferences
- 16:00~17:00 Business Meeting
A heads-up for the January meeting and the Chapter Shinenkai:
- On Jan 21 (Saturday, 3pm-), our chapter will hold our last meeting of this academic year and Shinenkai following the meeting. Please mark your calendar! It is planned to have two presentations on the theme of EBP which is the theme of our Chapter this year. The location of the Shinenkai is yet to be decided. Recommendations are welcome.
- We are looking forward to seeing you at both meetings and the Shinenkai!
This year, the first Jacet ESP Kanto Sig meeting will be held at Saitama University from 3pm. From this post, you can download the information packet with directions to campus as well as view an embedded map on directions to room 1-201 at Saitama University.
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Dear all JACET ESP SIG Kanto members,
It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our December meeting and our Bonenkai on Dec 19 (Saturday). See below for the meeting program and the Bonenkai information.
JACET ESP SIG Kanto (December 2015 Meeting)
Date: Dec 19, 2015 (Sat) 15:00～17:00
Venue: Toyo University, Hakusan Main Campus, Building 1-Room 1502 (5-28-20 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8606) (See below for more information on the venue)
- 15:00～15:25 Presentation 1 by Lawrie Hunter
- Title: The invisible structures of technical writing: Pattern recognition for learner executive mode
- 15:30～15:55 Presentation 2 by Michael Sharpe
- Title: Promoting L2 reading skill development and technical language structure knowledge through text mapping work
- Break: 15:55～16:10
- 16:10～16:35 Presentation 3 by Uma Maheswari Rajagopalan & Shi Jie
- Title: Teaching of summary writing to science and technology students of a Japanese university
Abstracts and Bios of Presenters:
Title: The invisible structures of technical writing: Pattern recognition for learner executive mode
This presentation outlines a set of syllabus design tools for a non-grammar (pattern recognition) approach to the development of EFL technical writing skills:
- Sentence-level information structuresas the framework for an entry-level ‘critical thinking’ syllabus.
- Information organization structuresfor control of rhetorical flow.
- A ‘processing’ heuristicfor creating fertile variation in language learning activities.
A demonstration of the application of 1) information structures to syllabus/materials design will follow.
Bio of Presenter:
Lawrie Hunter is currently working in the Center for Professional Communication at GRIPS in Roppongi. He was a member of the founding team of Kochi University of Technology, and before that he created the intercultural communication program for Kochi University. He has worked as a mathematics teacher and counsellor in Canadian high schools and as a mathematics teacher trainer in Papua New Guinea. His main research themes are document design for education; computer assisted language learning; information structures as a framework for EFL curricula; non-grammar approaches to academic writing; and concept/argument mapping for low text representation of complex ideas. Textbook publications: Critical Thinking (Asahi); Thinking in English (Cengage); How Academic Writing Works (Minaminokaze). Lawrie is now active in the Tokyo poetry scene.
Title: Promoting L2 reading skill development and technical language structure knowledge through text mapping work
Students on specialised fields such as engineering and medicine may be required to do large amounts of reading, in particular expository texts. In the presenter’s experience students sometimes take a passive approach to reading such texts, and also fail to grasp their meaning. This presentation will describe a text-mapping based approach to reading expository text that has been progressively developed over the past decade and which forms the basis for ongoing classroom-based research. The technique has several posited benefits for learners and teachers. Firstly, it encourages students to take an active, collaborative approach to reading. In addition, it allows the teacher to build in grammar work, in particular work that focuses on the key technical language structures. Finally, it offers an alternative to the traditional Q & A approaches to reading assessment.
Bio of the Presenter:
Michael Sharpe is Deputy Director of the International Education Program at Kochi University, and also teaches English to high school engineering students, and medical sciences students. Research interests include academic English, project-based learning and the use of text visualisation techniques in the second language reading classroom. He has a Master’s degree in TEFL from the University of Reading, U.K.
Title: Teaching of summary writing to science and technology students of a Japanese university
Summary writing is an essential skill for science and technology students. Students often need to read and understand scientific literature and then summarize the contents of the articles into a short paragraph. Summarizing the contents require extensive paraphrasing skills of the student. However, in the teaching of academic English in Japanese universities, it is not a skill that is given much importance. In this paper, we report the teaching of summary writing to third-year undergraduate students in a technical English course at a Japanese university of science and engineering. A total of around 40 students were first divided into two groups and given texts related to science. They wrote two drafts of the summaries. For the first draft, the students belonging to group 1 were taught the stages involved in constructing a summary using genre theory and then asked to summarize while in group 2, students were asked to translate and make a summary based on the translation. For the second draft, the order of tasks given to students as well the texts used were swapped with group 1 doing the translation followed by summarizing and group 2 learning stages and then constructing a summary. Summary drafts 1 and 2 from both the groups are analyzed for the lexicogrammatical features by systemic functional linguistics and to assess based on their lexical density, clause structure, paraphrasing, and usage of tenses. Results of analysis and its implications to the pedagogical approaches followed will be presented at the meeting.
Bios of Presenters:
Uma Maheswari Rajagopalan is an ESP teacher and researcher at Toyo University and an adjunct teacher at UEC Tokyo. She received her Master’s in Physics and Applied Optics from India and a Ph.D in Engineering from Hokkaido University. She also acquired a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the Open University, UK. Her research interests include EST in addition to optics in biology and cognitive neuroscience.
Shi Jie is an English professor at the University of Electro-Communications (UEC) in Tokyo, Japan. She has worked and conducted research in China, Singapore, the USA and Japan as an EFL/ESL teacher and action researcher. Her recent research interests include ESP and EAP, Curriculum Development, Corpus Linguistics and Professional Development.
JACET ESP SIG KANTO MEETING Venue: Toyo University, Hakusan Main Campus, Building 1-Room 1502 (5-28-20 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8606)
There are two ways to get to building one.
1) Go into building 8 with the 2 glass wings at the main entrance. Take the elevator / stairs to the 2nd floor of building 8, and walk through to the first floor and elevators for building one.
2) Walk past the fountains at the main entrance until you reach the top of a gentle slope. You will see a big statute of Inoue Enryo there, too. The entrance to building one is through an entrance 80 meters past the side of the building on your direct left.
Venue Contact: Graham Robson (email@example.com) of Toyo University
ESP KANTO Chapter BONENKAI: December 19, 2015
- Date: Saturday, December 19
- Time: 18:00 – 20:00 (right after our SIG meeting)
- Restaurant: Bosphorus Hasan (free cultural event included)
- Menu: Course B (3,700 yen not including alcohol)
- Website: http://bosphorushasan.com/
The restaurant is a Turkish restaurant in Shinjuku (just a few doors down the Yose “Suehiro-tei” very close to Isetan Department Store)
If you are planning on joining the Bonenkai, please kindly send a reply to Shi Jie at firstname.lastname@example.org (Do not send a reply to this message which is our group mailing list.) by Dec 7 (Monday) for making reservation at the restaurant, though last minute participation is also possible upon seat availability.
SIG Contact: SHI Jie (email@example.com) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo); Reiko Fujita (firstname.lastname@example.org) Tokai University; Shinichi Hashimoto (email@example.com) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo)
Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting and at the BONENKAI!
JACET ESP SIG Kanto
It is with great pleasure that I make the announcement of our November meeting on Nov 14 (Saturday).
The program is as follows:
Date: Nov 14, 2015 (Sat) 15:00 ~17:00
Venue: University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), Building B-101 (B 棟 101 室)
(See below for more information on the venue)
15:00~15:25 Book Review 1 by John Cross
- Title: Corpus Linguistics for Grammar: A guide for research
- Authors: Christian JONES and Daniel WALLER
- Publisher & Date: Routledge, 2015
· 15:25~15:50 Book Review 2 by Uma Maheswari Rajagopalan
- Title: The Handbook of English for Specific Purposes (Chapter 8: English for Science and Technology by Jean
- Authors: Brian PALTRIDGE (Ed.) and Sue STARFIELD (Ed.)
- Publisher & Date: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
· 16:00~16:40 Sharing experiences at conferences
- JACET 2015 by Reiko Fujita, Naoko Nakamura, Kayoko Murakami, Masa Tsuneyasu
- The 7th International Conference on ESP in Asia (China) by Michihiro Hirai, Yan Yu, Jie Shi
- Euro CALL 2015 by Shin Hashimoto
- FLEAT VI (Foreign Language Education and Technology) by Shin Hashimoto
- ICAMechS 2015 by Yan Yu, Shin Hashimoto, Jie Shi
- IEEE 2015 by Colin Rundle
· 16:40~17:00 Business Meeting
The Bios of Book Review Presenters:
John Cross is an adjunct member of both undergraduate and graduate school Technical English programs of UEC Tokyo. He has taught English in Japan, China and the UK at tertiary level, and has written papers on learners’ language acquisition and adaptation to academic conventions. He is an active researcher in ESP and EAP apart from being a fiction author.
Uma Maheswari Rajagopalan is an ESP teacher and researcher at Toyo University and an adjunct teacher at UEC Tokyo. She received her Masters’ in Physics and Applied Optics from India and a Ph.D in Engineering from Hokkaido University. She also acquired a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the Open University, UK.
- Her research interests include EST in addition to optics in biology and cognitive neuroscience.
- Venue: University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo), Building B-101 (B 棟 101 室)
- (UEC Tokyo, 1-5-1 Chofugaoka, Chofu, Tokyo, 182-8585)
Please find the link for the location:
- http://www.uec.ac.jp/eng/about/access/ (in English)
- http://www.uec.ac.jp/about/profile/access/ (in Japanese)
- SHI Jie (firstname.lastname@example.org) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo)
- Reiko Fujita (email@example.com) Tokai University
- Shinichi Hashimoto (firstname.lastname@example.org) University of Electro-Communications (UEC Tokyo)